|Some things you just can’t buy.|
The reality is that, you could tape your frame with just about anything, duct tape, insulation tape or even masking tape but if you’ve ever seen the damage a frame and bag can inflict on each other in just a few hours of wet, gritty riding, then using something a little tougher seems the wise thing to do. Simply having the right material for the job is only the start of the story … if you wade in, scissors flying it’s likely that the ‘finished job’ will look an awful lot worse than the scratches and scuffs you’re trying to prevent.
Before you even think about reaching for your tape of choice … go and wash your bike, now go and wash it again, only this time do it properly. Any grime left on your frame prior to taping will be trapped for all eternity, where it will forever ridicule you for your pathetic attempts at bike cleaning.
With your bike all clean, sparkly and dry wander off and find yourself some meths. Give all the frame tubes a good wipe down, followed by a good wipe off with a clean cloth. Now go and put the kettle on to give any meths you’ve not fully wiped off, time to evaporate … one brew plus three chocolate digestives should be about right
I’d suggest that now is also a good time to get all the bits and pieces together that you’ll require … tape, sharp knife, scissors, ruler, masking tape, pen and a clean cloth will certainly be needed and hole punch, hair dryer and some paper may prove useful. Now you’ve assembled your tool kit, go and wash your hands. Although you’ll be trying not to touch the sticky side of the tape, touching it is inevitable and the adhesive on the tape will pick up anything on your hands, leaving your dirty dabs on the underside of the tape for all to see.
|Holes punched to fit around bottle bosses.|
|Top side of downtube taped – note how (by accident) it perfectly lines up with the logo.|
|Masking tape markers showing where the bag straps go.|
|Ready to fend off strap attacks.|
|Paper template from headtube gusset.|
|Oh yeah, don’t forget to cut out for cable guides, etc before you apply the tape.|